I can’t really say I have been quiet of late. I have actually been writing quite a bit. It’s just that I have been doing all of it on my Warcraft blog instead of this one.
I like writing, though I have been going through a bit of a slump recently.
What does this have to do with world building you ask?
Patience grasshopper, we’ll get there.
Lately most of my work has been going on the gaming blog because quite frankly it’s easier to write. I have been playing the game for nearly four years now, the words just flow. I don’t have to make up the stories, I just rattle on about what I see happening.
It’s actually more like the diary of a character in a story than a story in and of itself.
With that in mind I still don’t intend to neglect this place, far from it. This is the place where Dechion the gamer lets Brad the real life avatar come out to play from time to time.
Dechion can take those years of playtime and slap together a moderately interesting post in just a few minutes. Here Brad actually takes time to think about what he will write.
I just reread that and I sound like a psycho.
I don’t have a split personality, honest.
I know my head is a bit on the empty side but there is only room for one personality in there.
Following Tami’s example I have started making preparations for this years NaNoWriMo already. Last year I did not complete my work, and in fact I tossed it all after rereading it. While the individual words were good the way I strung them together was a failure of epic proportions.
This year though, this year will be different.
This year I will have a plan.
With that goal in mind I have narrowed it down to three major things my story will need.
- A plot. The action of the story, the conflict.
- A World. The place the plot occurs.
- Characters. The witnesses to the plot, we see it through their eyes.
That might be simplifying it a bit too much, but it is really early on. The basic premise of any plot is conflict.
- Introduce characters.
- Make their lives miserable. (face it, if their lives were nice there would be no story)
- Allow them a way to grow because of (or despite) the misery.
- Say good-bye as they live happily (or crappily) ever after.
The world where the story takes place is a huge influence on everything. Essentially the setting IS one of your main characters, if not THE main character.
In fact, the setting is likely the only character that you will see in every scene in the story.
It needs to be well thought out, internally consistent, and it needs to fit the plot.
I once thought the story took place separately from the world.
Like the actors in a play are separate from the painted scenes behind them, I thought of the setting as almost an afterthought. Something that existed parallel to but separate from the story being told.
I could not have been more wrong.
Just as the characters must fit their roles within the tale so must the setting.
Over the last few days I have been working on imagining a world.
As I was doing this I had several ideas for story lines come through the old worn out brillo pad I use when my brain is in the shop for repairs. I found a couple I really like, and think I might just be able to weave them together into one story.
Hopefully one that sucks far less than my last attempt. *Shudder*
Anywho I ran into a problem.
The world in my vision would simply not fit as a character in this new blended story. It would not have been quite as out of place as a sparkly unicorn in a horror movie about aliens, but it would have been close.
If I am treating the setting as a character in the story then I did what any writer would do. If the character just isn’t working, cut it and find another one that will.
So I guess thats where I am now. Back to a vague plot and a few ghosts of future characters.
Time to regroup and make another world for them to play in.
I may be starting over, but I just got to do something most people never will.
I just balled up a whole world and threw it in the trash.
Then again, had my world been a reality we would have found that the human race had done the same thing to the setting our story is unfolding in.
Post-modern distopias are depressing.
I guess I’ll get back to world building now, have a good weekend.
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